October 31, 2009

Lyons fall in season finale, drop 3-2 decision at NEWMAC foe WPI

WORCESTER, MA- The Wheaton College women's volleyball team completed its season on Saturday with a 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 9-15) setback in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action against Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Harrington Auditorium. In a must-win match for both teams, the Lyons missed out on the league tournament, falling to 18-15 overall and 2-7 in conference, while the Engineers qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament at 22-7 and 3-6.

Sophomore Miranda Howitt (San Francisco, CA/International) led the visitors with 15 kills and 17 digs, as Howitt completed the season with 1,277 attacks and 456 kills, the fourth- and sixth-highest totals, respectively, in program history. Senior Lauren Kraus (Westboro, MA/Westboro) closed the book on a standout career with 12 kills and four blocks, completing her four years at Wheaton fifth in career kills at 1,143.

Freshman Rachel Vergara (Needham, MA/Needham) added eight kills, while junior Becca Rose (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) provided 43 assists, 11 digs and three blocks. Rose finished the fall with 1,170 helpers, the third-highest total compiled at Wheaton, and 67 shy of her career high. Sophomore Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, CA/Laguna Blanca School) turned in 23 digs, while junior Kristen Hunt (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) had 16.

Freshman Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI/Westerly) led WPI with 19 kills and 16 digs, while senior Becca Holmberg (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand) added 15 of each. Sophomore Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) provided 45 assists, and classmate Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA/Marian Catholic) notched 28 digs.

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